The growing issue of whether biological males should be allowed to compete in female-only sporting competitions gained national attention again when two boys who identify as girls one a track championship.
One of the female runners objected and told Fox News that, “It’s scientifically proven that males are built to be physically stronger than females. It's unfair to put someone who is biologically a male, who has not undergone anything in terms of hormone therapy, against cis-gender girls.”
"My teammates and my fellow competitors — we are happy for these athletes, of course — but we do think it’s unfair, and for us it is upsetting when we work hard all season and put in a lot of effort, only to turn up at the state meets and get beat by someone who is biologically a male and lose state championships over this," high schooler Seline Soule added.
Now a female Olympic swimmer and a lesbian tennis legend are getting shamed for speaking out, too.
“I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender,” wrote silver medalist Sharron Davies. “However I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as. To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport.”
She also shared an example of an unsuccessful male volleyball player who then dominated in female volleyball.
While she was praised by many people for bravely speaking out, Davis was blasted on Twitter by people saying she was ignorant about the struggles of transgender athletes.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who openly lives a lesbian lifestyle, wrote an opinion piece for the Sunday Times of London speaking out against allowing men to compete in women’s sports even if they’ve had surgery and hormone treatments.
“To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires,” Navratilova wrote.
She continued: “It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”
As a result, an LGBT group cut ties with Navratilova. She was removed from her role as an ambassador for Athlete Ally.
“Athlete Ally unequivocally stands on the side of trans athletes and their right to access and compete in sport free from discrimination,” the group wrote. “Martina Navratilova’s recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes and disproportionate violence.”
They added: “As an organization dedicated to addressing root causes of homophobia and transphobia in and through sport, we will only affiliate with those committed to the same goal, and not those who further misinformation or discrimination in any way.”
According to CNN, Navratilova later apologized for "suggesting that transgender athletes, in general, are cheats" but added that if "everyone were included, women's sports as we know them would cease to exist."
"I know I don't have all the answers,” she added. “I don't think there is a definitive answer here. That is why I want a debate, a conversation that includes everyone and is based, as I have said, not on feeling or emotion but science, objectivity and the best interests of women's sport as a whole.”